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How to find hideouts in Gray Zone Warfare
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Gray Zone Warfare: Rat’s Nest quest guide – How to find hideouts in GZW

Track down these hidden hideouts to learn more about them.

The Rat’s Nest quest in Gray Zone Warfare is a tricky location request you need to complete for Handshake. Your task is to find two hideouts hidden throughout your nearby city, and the way you track them down is all about taking in your environment.

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Handshake tells you there are two hidden hideouts scattered throughout the small town to your south. Inside these two hideouts is vital information, and you need to make sure you bring that back to your Base Camp in GZW. You want to make sure you have enough room for the items you need to find, and you need to know how to find out what buildings are considered hideouts.

Where to find Rat’s Nest hideouts in Gray Zone Warfare

There are two hideouts you need to find and search to complete the Rat’s Nest task in GZW. While the layout of the town and the location of the hideouts are different depending on your faction, the hideouts are both similar in appearance and feature the same marking symbol. Both locations you need to visit will have these on their exterior, similar to Little Bird Down and Medical Detective.

Lamang Recovery Initiative Rat’s Nest hideout locations

Hideout locations for Lamang faction in Gray Zone Warfare.
Lamang Recovery Inititative hideout locations. Screenshot by Dot Esports.

The first building is located on the south side of town, at map coordinates (202, 160).This will be a one-story building that you can find in the town, with the enemy forces’ symbols on the front of them. You can expect multiple NPCs to protect this location, and inside there will be an item called Convict’s Notepad on a desk.

The second building is on the north side of town, next to the Water Tower, at map coordinates (201, 163). The second building is a small, two-story building. While attempting to find this location, I ran into more enemies here than I did at the previous location, so expect to push back against them. After you take them down, head up to the second story of the building and you should find an item called Thug’s Smartphone on the desk, which you need to take back to your Base Camp.

After you have both items, return to your Base Camp and speak with Handshake. You must hand over the notepad and phone to him, which should be in your inventory. After he accepts them, the contract ends and you’ve completed another tedious task in GZW.

Crimson Shield International Rat’s Nest hideout locations

Hideout location in Gray Zone Warfare
There are two locations you need to visit. Screenshot by Dot Esports

The first building is located on the east side of town, at map coordinates (143, 162).This will be a one-story building that you can find in the town, with the enemy forces’ symbols on the front of them. You can expect multiple NPCs to protect this location, and inside there will be an item called Convict’s Notepad on a desk.

Finding hideouts and looking for their symbols.
You can find the symbols in red paint. Screenshot by Dot Esports

The second building is on the west side of town, next to the Water Tower, at map coordinates (140, 162). The second building is a small, two-story building. While attempting to find this location, I ran into more enemies here than I did at the previous location, so expect to push back against them. After you take them down, head up to the second story of the building and you should find an item called Thug’s Smartphone on the desk, which you need to take back to your Base Camp.

Mithras Security Systems Rat’s Nest hideout locations

Mithras Security Systems Rat's Nest hideout locations in GZW
Tread lightly. Screenshot by Dot Esports

The location on the right, south of the water tower (172, 118), is where you will find Convict’s Notepad on a desk inside. The location on the left (169, 119) is a larger building with a swarm of enemies inside defending it. Take your time, kill them all, and then head upstairs to find Thug’s Smartphone on a desk inside a room.


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